Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I Can't Believe I'm Posting This On The Internet

Alternately titled: "My 30 Day Shred Results"

Yesterday I hit 30 days straight with the lovely Jillian Michaels as my trainer (via her DVD of course). I have to say I am really glad I stuck with it. I have real muscles. I don't feel like I'm 90 years old after walking up 5 flights of stairs. My asthma is more under control. I'm not winded after a long bike ride (or marathon sex). I could take Jillian Michaels in a fight. OK, maybe not that last one.

I took pictures at the beginning thinking maybe I would post them with after photos. I debated last night and said to myself "Really? Do you really want to post a picture of yourself in a sports bra ON THE INTERNET?!"

But I really, truly believe in this workout plan. I may not have knock-you-out-of-your-seats results. But I have results. After only 30 days. And to me, that's saying something.

Results:
-4 lbs.
-1.5" around waist
-1.25" around hips
-.5" around upper thighs
::I can button a pair of capris I couldn't even fit into last summer
::Yes, I've been "fake and baking" for my upcoming Florida trip
::Yes, that is the same outfit, 30 days later :)





Along with the 30 Day Shred workout, I followed a healthier meal plan: ate a lot of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and organic foods; no fried or fast food; cut down on dairy, enriched flour and processed sugar; increased my protein and fiber intake; and drank lots of water.

[Not saying that there wasn't one Saturday I may have indulged in a large scoop of peanut butter, caramel and chocolate ice cream, but let's just keep that between us.]

So, if you're looking for a workout that you can fit into your day and get results, I would definitely recommend it. I plan on continuing it for another 30 days in fact! Except today. Today, I'm taking a day off in celebration :)

61 comments:

Emma said...

You look great! And I see a definite change in your back.

Congrats :)

swaaaan said...

KICK ASS! Good job. :)

thecasualperfectionist.com said...

YAY! Congratulations!!

k said...

you totally rock! that is awesome!

i have been doing strength training/toning for a couple of years now and i absolutely love the results - not at all bulky but totally defined and strong looking.

Katelin said...

yay nice job michelle! it's always refreshing to see results, woo woo!

Andrea said...

You're f*cking awesome.

Katyn said...

congrats!! but keep lean dairy in your diet, it helps with weight loss and strong bones and muscles!

Rach said...

looks great!! I may need to snag a copy and try it out too, those are some great results.

PomJob said...

Congrats! I started the Shred a couple months ago, but only did it like 7 times. After seeing your results, I'm inspired to start it again. Your abs are awesome!

The former dairy princess in me agrees with Katyn... don't ditch dairy! :)

Mel said...

I ordered the video off of amazon. lets see where it gets me

Julie said...

You intrigued me when you started.

And now you've got me.
I'm headed to amazon to buy the DVD.

:)

lspoon said...

Look at you hot stuff! You look great! I hope my after pictures look as good...



...yeah they won't :)

alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

michelle you just made me want to go buy the shred. you look amazing!

littlemissobsessivexo said...

Awesome job!!! Your stomache looks so toned!! Congrats :)

willtherebecake said...

You can totally tell how much more toned you are. Especially in your back and abs. Way to go hot stuff!

michellewoo said...

WOW, total visible difference! Way to go! They should seriously pay you for all the great advertising you've been doing.

S said...

Congrats on the progress! I've been "shredding" for a few months now but only a few times a week. I went through all the levels once and have started over with heavier weights. I can notice a huge difference. I love the last (or second to last) ab exercise on level 3, I think it's called the superman, maybe. Anyway, I think that is the reason we've seen our love handles disappearing!

Deutlich said...

that? is freaking AWESOME!

j*amy said...

that's awesome! i really need to do something with myself. ugh i'm so unmotivated! but your 30 days with results is motivating! :)

SoMi's Nilsa said...

Now *that* is awesome! If only I didn't have to move lots of furniture and if only our floors didn't shake when I jump, I'd most certainly have stuck with Jillian for more than a week. You look fab, girl!

pinksundrops said...

You look amazing!

Maxie said...

you look great, michelle!

Bill said...

You look great! Another "graduated" shredhead, hooray!

Passionista said...

That is awesome! Your results are great, so glad you posted the pics :) I think you're not obvious on appearance results are also great, because boy does your stamina benefit from some exercise. Jillian kicks my butt, hope I have some good results to show as well :)

La Petite Chic said...

Wow, way to go!! I'm a firm believer in the 30 Day Shred too...it really works! You look great :)

Virginia said...

YAY congrats! I think I need to check out this DVD. It obviously works!

And speaking of peanut butter...if you are a fellow pb addict, there is an amazing product called Better N Peanut Butter that you can get at Trader Joe's or Giant Eagle. It's a little sweeter than normal pb but it only has 2 grams of fat per serving.

each of the two said...

OMG im doing the same thing!

except no pictures....

(maybe pictures, id have to be convinced)

Jess said...

This is great! You look awesome.

the girl with the golden phone. said...

DUDE! you are ripped! way to go!

heidikins said...

My Shred is in the mail....I'm scared. But this is encouraging. You look great!

xox

Jodi Bluebird said...

Yay You!! I've been teetering between shredhead and other things but now I'm convinced. Come on River Trip hot Bod! Did you do it every day?

Tigerlily said...

Wow! You are right visible results in 30days....maybe I can get in shape in time for bikini season!

brookem said...

woo! good job lady!

(is this the same thing you can get on demand for free? or are the ones you buy different- like, a different workout each day?)

graffiti.girl.designs said...

awesome work - woohoo for exercise and eating healthy and muscles!

reading your post made me stop shoveling tortilla chips into my mouth lol, i was having such a good diet day up until that point.

graffiti.girl.designs said...

also way to use the font from your corporate identity project :)

Larissa said...

Your commitment and discipline really paid off. Go you!

Lacey Bean said...

I know I tweeted to you about this, but you look great!! I've skipped one day so far, but I'm trying to be super diligent other than that!

theselittlemoments said...

Yay!!! You look fabulous and absolutely inspired me to continue shredding. Even though my thighs are on FIRE.

xoxo

TudorCity Girl said...

Congrats!! Nice work.
Thanks for the tip. I am now finally trying to work hard at losing the comfort food winter weight gain!
TCG

rachel said...

you look amazing michelle!!! i'm so proud of you!

3carnations said...

Yay for you! Less back fat is awesome (as is 4 pounds, but I'm all about visible results)! :-)

mznutterman said...

You look awesome!!! I have been hearing a lot about this workout. It looks like it works. Good job girl, keep it up! :)

rex said...

I don't normally notice these things, but even I can see the difference. Hard work pays off. Keep it up.

Princess Pointful said...

All that in 30 days?!?!
Damn!!!

Paula said...

You look fab!!! And I'm impressed you stuck to it.

Sara said...

I'm so proud of you! Yay!!

The Smarter Princess said...

Holy crap you look great!

You have definitely motivated me to shred!

closetsareforclothes said...

you're ripped! you're really ripped! man, i shoudl have taken a before shot.

but nah, i don't have the guts to post it...

i missed a couple of days in my first week b/c i went home unexpectedly....but i hope i can keep the momentum going!!!

did you alternate between levels 1-3? how did you structure the workout?

Julie Q said...

you are my hero for posting these pix. congrats on doing the shred!

you look awesome!

Kt said...

Wow I am really impressed! I have this DVD sitting here so hubby and I are starting it tonight!

TKTC said...

I JUST bought 5 lb weights on Sunday so I could do this. Was thinking about starting tonight, now I know I will. Thanks...and looking gooood!

ldizzy said...

that's so amazing! i need that dvd...like NOW!

Therapeutic Ramblings said...

Great job!!

theweightofitall said...

This is awesome. I have heard from several friends that 30 Day Shred is incredible - but hadn't been around when they started/finished it and couldn't see the dramatic results. Your pics are great! I am definitely going to look into getting started with this! Thanks for the inspiration!

Liz said...

Way to go! You look great! I bought the 30day shred, but haven't committed to doing it 30 days straight, but your results might motivate me to pick up the slack!

Sugar&Spice said...

heyyyy ... im new to your blog, i actually found it via google whilst searching for real life results from the 30 day shred ... im considering starting it and after seeing your results its a massive boost! also im ashtmatic so i hope it will help out with that too! xxx

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Jessica said...

Wow you look great - and you are very brave for posting the before and afters...but who cares, you look great! ;) Love your blog. I'm also a mid-West girl but I live in AUstralia now. I look forward to following your blog.

santi said...

Seeing this is so encoraging. Im on level 2. did u do each level for 30 days. i know some people do it different but ive been doing it for 10 days each level and level 2 is hard i can just imagine level 3. but so far ive seen results. ive dropped 9lbs n 1 pants size. I feel stonger n healthier. Way to go u look awesome!

Khal said...

thanks for the inspiration. now i can't wait to try 30-day shred too. :)

Lauren Dalton said...

I am new to your blog, I saw it on 20 something bloggers and I love this! I always wondered if these programs truly work!

Congrats on your first 30 days and good luck on your next 30 days!

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